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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

Encryption

Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance Argues that Governments Should be Able to Spy on Your Online Encrypted Activities via “Backdoors”

The governments of Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand have made the strongest statement yet that they intend to force technology providers to provide lawful access to users’ encrypted communications. Of course, if governments can spy on your private communications via “backdoors,” it won’t be long before even enemy governments, credit card thieves, hackers around the world, and probably even your ex-spouse’s attorney will be able to […]

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Skype Now Offers End-to-End Encryption

Skype users can now make encrypted voice calls and text chats. The end-to-end encryption used by Skype means that your chats are encrypted from one end to the other, ensuring eavesdroppers can’t intercept your messages or listen into your conversation. It has taken a while for Skype to offer the feature, but it’s better late than never. However, be aware that encryption is an OPTION. Unfortunately, the default remains the […]

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U.S. Government Reportedly Wants to Wiretap Facebook Messenger

According to an exclusive report from Reuters, Facebook may be about to receive one of its stiffest challenges yet from the U.S. government. The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc. to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be […]

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Gmail For Mobile Gets Confidential Mode but That’s Not Enough

If you use Gmail’s mobile app on your cell phone or tablet, you may soon notice changes that will be of interest to anyone interested in personal privacy. It lets users put a self-destruct mechanism to conversations to “protect sensitive information from unauthorized access.” With Confidential Mode, users can set an expiration date to all emails, similar to a Snapchat message, and they can also revoke access to a confidential […]

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IEEE Statement on Strong Encryption vs. Backdoors

A note in Bruce Schneier’s excellent Crypto-Gram newsletter  mentions the following: The IEEE came out in favor of strong encryption: IEEE supports the use of unfettered strong encryption to protect confidentiality and integrity of data and communications. We oppose efforts by governments to restrict the use of strong encryption and/or to mandate exceptional access mechanisms such as “backdoors” or “key escrow schemes” in order to facilitate government access to encrypted […]

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A Report about Banning the Telegram Encrypted Messaging App in Iran

The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights in Iran. The Center has released a report entitled Closing of the Gates – Implications of Iran’s Ban on the Telegram Messaging App. I would suggest this report should be required reading by every elected official, every bureaucrat, and every law enforcement official in every country. It […]

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Encryption Backdoors are Dangerous and Don’t Work

The Proton Mail Blog has an article that serves as a tutorial about backdoors in encryption and the dangers of using any encrypted data that contains a “backdoor” for use by law enforcement personnel and others. In short, the use of “backdoors” makes it easier for hackers, credit card thieves, and others to spy on you, not more difficult. The article states: “With appeals to ‘national security,’ governments around the […]

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